2018 Preseason Projected Field Of 64


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The college baseball season is somehow already here, and it’s never too early to peek into D1Baseball’s postseason crystal ball. While plenty of things will change between now and Selection Monday, the preseason projections give you a general framework of what to expect.

The biggest change you’ll notice in our preseason projections is the seeding process. During the offseason, the NCAA Selection Committee passed new seeding procedures that now allows the college baseball postseason to seed 1-16 as opposed to seeding just the top eight teams, which we were accustomed to in the past. This change is good news for college baseball. Though geography will certainly matter when putting together individual four-team regionals, it has little to no importance in seeding teams 1-16, meaning two teams from the same conference could be paired in a super regional, which wasn’t allowed in the past. It also means you’ll likely see more cross-country super regional matchups.

Last year, the ACC was the leading conference in our preseason projections, while at the end of the season, the mid-majors wreaked havoc on the postseason field, particularly with the three seeds. This spring, the SEC takes control as the headliner with 10 teams in the field, along with a whopping six regional hosts. The ACC has three hosts, with Virginia falling just short of a host site and Dallas Baptist nabbing the final regional host. The Pac 12 also has three hosts, the Big 12 has two and the Big West and Missouri Valley each have one.

Without further ado, our preseason field of 64.

Preseason Tournament Bracket

* 1-16 seeds noted with (), * denotes automatic bid

Gainesville, Fla.Dallas
1. Florida* (1)1. Dallas Baptist* (16)
4. Bethune-Cookman*4. Oral Roberts*
2. West Virginia2. Texas
3. St John's*3. Auburn
Corvallis, Ore.Fullerton, Calif.
1. Oregon State* (2)1. Cal State Fullerton* (15)
4. Binghamton*4. Grand Canyon*
2. NC State2. Arizona
3. Connecticut3. San Diego State*
Lubbock, TexasLouisville, Ky.
1. Texas Tech* (3)1. Louisville (14)
4. Yale*4. Wright State*
2. Clemson2. Vanderbilt
3. Maryland3. UNC Wilmington*
Tallahassee, Fla.Baton Rouge, La.
1. Florida State* (4)1. LSU (13)
4. Mercer*4. Bryant*
2. Southern Miss*2. Houston*
3. UCF3. Louisiana
Fayetteville, Ark.Stanford, Calif.
1. Arkansas (5)1. Stanford (12)
4. Morehead State*4. Navy*
2. Oklahoma2. Duke
3. Missouri State3. San Diego*
Chapel Hill, N.C.College Station, Texas
1. North Carolina (6)1. Texas A&M (11)
4. Winthrop*4. VCU*
2. South Carolina2. Rice
3. East Carolina3. California
Fort Worth, TexasOxford, Miss.
1. TCU (7)1. Ole Miss (10)
4. Grambling*4. Stetson*
2. Mississippi State2. South Alabama*
3. Sam Houston State*3. Miami
Lexington, Ky.Los Angeles
1. Kentucky (8)1. UCLA (9)
4. Kent State*4. Canisius*
2. Indiana*2. Virginia
3. Wake Forest3. Long Beach State

Breaking Down The Seeds

No. 1 SeedsNo. 2 SeedsNo. 3 SeedsNo. 4 Seeds
FloridaMississippi StateSan DiegoBinghamton
Oregon StateVanderbiltSt. John'sVCU
Texas TechRiceAuburnStetson
Florida StateTexasEast CarolinaWinthrop
ArkansasWest VirginiaSan Diego StateWright State
North CarolinaIndianaUNC WilmingtonBethune-Cookman
TCUVirginiaWake ForestGrambling
KentuckyDukeCaliforniaOral Roberts
UCLANC StateSam Houston StateNavy
Ole MissClemsonConnecticutMorehead State
Texas A&MArizonaMissouri StateBryant
LSUSouth AlabamaMiamiYale
LouisvilleSouth CarolinaMarylandMercer
Cal State FullertonSouthern MissLong Beach StateGrand Canyon
Dallas BaptistOklahomaLouisianaKent State

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